Villarreal travelled to Old Trafford this evening to face Manchester United in the second round of their 2021/22 Champions League campaign. Unai Emery’s men know the Premier League side well; it was them they beat to lift the Europa League title last season. This time, however, a late winner from Cristiano Ronaldo left the hosts with a 2-1 victory and three points in their back pocket.
Ladies and gentlemen: 𝗠𝗿. 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗟𝗲𝗮𝗴𝘂𝗲 🌟
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 29, 2021
Villarreal have endured a mixed start to La Liga and sit eleventh in the table with six games played. They drew their opening European clash with Atalanta 2-2 at home. United have also endured a mixed start. They’re fourth in the Premier League and lost their opening Champions League game 2-1 to Young Boys.
— Villarreal CF (@VillarrealCF) September 29, 2021
Villarreal played well and were good value for their lead when they took it in the 53rd minute through Paco Alcacer. Alex Telles, assisted by his compatriot Bruno Fernandes, drew United level on the hour mark, however, with Cristiano stepping up to provide the winner – in typical style – in the 95th minute, right at the death.